New Zealand have called up Aaron Redmond as they battle against an ever-increasing injury list heading into the Super Eight stages of the ICC World Twenty20 in England.
Jesse Ryder has been kept in hospital in London with muscle pain while Daniel Vettori (shoulder) and Ross Taylor (hamstring are also struggling.
Otago batsman Redmond, among the leading run-scorers in the domestic competition earlier this year, has already joined up with the squad and is on standby should a replacement be required for Ryder.
“He has been in considerable discomfort, and medical advice is that he would certainly not be able to play in tomorrow’s game," team manager Dave Currie said.
“In the meantime Aaron joins the squad as a precautionary measure. However, any replacement will have to be approved by the ICC.”
Taylor will miss tomorrow's opening Super Eight game with a hamstring twinge while a late decision will be made on Vettori's participation.
Redmond has played seven Tests for the Black Caps and he scored 342 runs in eight Twenty20 matches, including an unbeaten 100, for Otago in the last domestic T20 competition.
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